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Into the Dark Water: The Story of Three Officers and PT-109 by [John J. Domagalski]

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PT-Boat Stories
Biography & Memoir
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"…Domagalski performs a highly proficient job as he brings these skippers, their crews, and their boat to life, in the process emphasizing that while PT-109 remains most closely connected to Kennedy, the little warship had plenty of other adventures before the future president arrived in the South Pacific"
Stone & Stone Second World War Books

"I thoroughly enjoyed the book, inasmuch as I learned things that I never knew. . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in PT boats and their history.”
T. Garth Connelly, PT Boat World

"History has long recorded that John F. Kennedy's heroic efforts after the sinking of his PT-109 led to his successful political career as Representative, Senator, and ultimately President. But, as John Domagalski demonstrates in this thoroughly researched narrative, there was far more to the boat's achievements in the South Pacific than the terrifying night when a Japanese destroyer cut her in two. This account crackles with intensity."
Paul Stillwell, Naval historian and author

"Well researched and written,Domagalski has done something admirable with the PT 109 saga."
Naval Historical Foundation

"The author is a Pacific War Historian specializing in Guadalcanal fighting. His account of one ship and its three commanding officers not only sheds light on PT-109, but also on the service of the torpedo boat crews in general. It took daring initiative to command a tiny warship aggressively and this book conveys their audacity in full measure.
WWII History

…illuminates the difficult conditions of PT Boat combat. The Brave crews of these undersized vessels routinely fought at night, endured poor logistics and rough seas, and engaged much larger ships, while enduring attacks from land, sea, and air… Domagalski brings to life a host of other brave officers and sailors who consistently fought insurmountable odds to contribute capabilities uniquely fitted to the island waters they patrolled. Kennedy himself later remarked that The war made us. It was and is our greatest moment" In Into the Dark Water, Domagalksi illustrates exactly how and why"
The Journal of America’s Military Past

"...an insightful and well-written new work that pays homage not only to PT-109 but to the patrol torpedo community as a whole... .With this new offering, John Domagalski brings PT-109 and her crew back to life once again and, in doing so, honors all who served in the patrol torpedo service."
Military Review

"A useful and comprehensive niche contribution to naval history."
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About the Author

John J. Domagalski is the author of 'Into the Dark Water: The Story of Three Officers and PT-109.' Domagalski's fascination with history began at a young age by building model ships and reading books about World War II. This interest eventually grew into research and writing. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00KEURPSG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Casemate (April 19, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 19, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 8945 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 36 ratings

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John J. Domagalski (www.pacificwarauthor.com) is the author of Under a Blood Red Sun: The Remarkable Story of PT boats in the Philippines and the Rescue of General MacArthur. It is the story of a small group of American sailors fighting the Japanese – and desperate circumstances – in the Philippines during the opening days of World War II.

He is also the author of three other books. Into the Dark Water: The Story of Three Officers and PT-109 (Casemate, 2014) uses the stories of three young naval officers to tell the World War II saga of the warship made famous by John F. Kennedy. Sunk in Kula Gulf: The Final Voyage of the U.S.S. Helena and the Incredible Story of her Survivors in World War II (Potomac, 2012) reveals the amazing little-known story of heroism and survival at sea following Helena’s sinking in 1943. Lost at Guadalcanal: The Final Battles of the Astoria and Chicago as Described by Survivors and in Official Reports (McFarland, 2010) follows two World War II American warships through one of the U.S. Navy’s greatest naval defeats. His articles have appeared in World War II History, Naval History, and World War II Quarterly Magazines.

Domagalski’s fascination with history began at a young age by building model ships and reading books about World War II. The interest eventually grew into research and writing. He has interviewed scores of veterans who served in the Pacific during World War II. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and lives near Chicago.

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